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UEFA Euro 2020: Wales, Switzerland share spoils after Kieffer Moore’s equaliser

After Breel Embolo's second-half opener, Wales striker Kieffer Moore scored a headed equaliser from a rare chance to help his team snatch a 1-1 draw against wasteful Switzerland in a Group A clash.

By: Reuters | Baku |
Updated: June 12, 2021 9:44:01 pm
Wales' Kieffer Moore heads in the equaliser against Switzerland. (Twitter/Euro2020)

Striker Kieffer Moore scored a headed equaliser from a rare chance as surprise 2016 semi-finalists Wales snatched a 1-1 draw against wasteful Switzerland in their European Championship Group A clash at the Baku Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Moore, who had a first half opportunity expertly saved by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer, guided the ball into the net on 74 minutes from a Joe Morrell delivery as he ghosted into space left by the static Swiss defence.

Breel Embolo had terrorised the Welsh defence and put Switzerland ahead when he showed impressive strength to out-muscle defender Connor Roberts from a corner shortly after halftime. They also had a late goal by Mario Gavranovic correctly ruled out for offside.

The Swiss may blame themselves for not killing off the game earlier, having squandered several golden chances through Haris Seferovic in the first half and Embolo after the break.

Defender Fabian Schar had tried to beat keeper Danny Ward with a cheeky flick before Seferovic’s 27th minute curled shot sailed just over the bar.

The forward squandered two more chances before halftime as the Swiss notched 11 attempts to Wales’ two in the first half.

What his teammates failed to achieve with finesse in the first half, Embolo did with sheer power and speed in the 49th minute, heading in from a corner for a deserved lead after his powerful run and shot was saved by Ward seconds earlier.

Two more, almost identical Embolo bursts saw him come close to scoring again, including with a 65th-minute curled shot before the Welsh hit back.

With captain Gareth Bale well-marked throughout, they gradually upped the pressure in search of an equaliser as the Swiss eased off and conceded some ground, and Moore found the space to beat Sommer with a glancing header.

Italy leads the group after its impressive 3-0 victory over Turkey in the tournament opener on Friday and will host the Swiss in Rome in its second game on Wednesday. Wales stays in the Azerbaijan capital to face the Turks on the same day.

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